Learning Facilities

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By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

As a student, the University’s extensive variety of learning environments and facilities are at your disposal. Here you can find information about these facilities, such as libraries and learning centres. Information about digital learning environments can be found here

Learning centre Aleksandria

Learning Centre Aleksandria, located in the City Centre Campus, is dedicated to studying.

The centre provides space for individual studying as well as group work. In addition, Aleksandria has more than 300 computers, some of which are reserved for quick use. The Learning Centre is available for students practically 24 hours a day. If you wish to access Aleksandria outside the official opening hours, you can apply for a night access key. All attending students of the University of Helsinki can apply for the key. The night access key is not available to Open University students or students from other universities.

Aleksandria and the Kaisa House library also have mobile storage units available to University of Helsinki students who are working on their master’s theses. The carts are a convenient way to store and transport the tools and equipment you need. Read more about the mobile storage units on the library's website

Equipment in the Aleksandria IT facilities

In addition to computer terminals and printers, Aleksandria has teaching and group work spaces, copiers, three scanners as well as work stations available for laptop users. In addition, some of the computers have been equipped with a selection of specialist software, for example for photo editing and layouts.

Helsinki University Library

Each campus has its own campus library with a collection of literature relating to the degree programmes taught on each campus. The libraries have quiet spaces for work, and some offer group work spaces that can be reserved. For more information, go to the library instructions page. You can also visit the website of the Helsinki University Library.

Campus libraries

• City Centre Campus:  Helsinki University Main Library, Kaisa House, Fabianinkatu 30

• Kumpula Campus:  Kumpula Campus Library, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2

• Meilahti Campus:  Meilahti Campus Library Terkko, Haartmaninkatu 4

• Viikki Campus:  Viikki Campus Library, Viikinkaari 11 a

Most of the library facilities and learning centres are wheelchair accessible. Check the opening hours from the library website and use the floor maps to discover the facilities and services available at each location.

You can also explore the National Library, Finland’s oldest and most extensive academic library and a part of the University of Helsinki.

How can you find academic articles and literature in your field?  Use LibraryGuides to find discipline-specific sources. 

Guidance Corners

Guidance Corners are a place for low-treshold events related to studies and wellbeing. The Guidance Corners are located in the City Centre campus Kaisa House and in Viikki Info Centre Korona. If there isn't any program going on, feel free to read, meet other students or just rest in the Guidance Corners!

In all Guidance Corner events, the participants commit to following the principles for a safer space. When attending a Guidance Corner event, meet all participants with an open mind, respect their diversity and let everyone define their own experiences.

We are happy to receive your ideas, development suggestions and feedback related to Guidance Corner activities (e-form).

Guidance Corner in the Kaisa House

Guidance Corner at City Center campus is located on the third floor of Kaisa House (Fabianinkatu 30), next to main doors.

Kaisa-talon Ohjauskulma

Kaisa House Guidance Corner

Guidance Corners in the Viikki Info Centre Korona

Guidance Corners at Viikki Campus are on the 1st floor of Infocentre (Viikinkaari 11). There are two Guidance Corners in Viikki. First one is in the lobby next to the main doors. The other Guidance Corner is in the campus library premises in front of the Nile garden.

Viikin ohjauskulman tilat.

Viikki Guidance Corner Lobby and Library

Think Corner

Think Corner is an open science arena for events, collaborative working and learning, networking as well as sharing and developing ideas. It is located in the heart of the city campus (Yliopistonkatu 4). The main venue space Stage is the hot spot of Think Corner, a meeting point and an arena for researchers, specialists, influencers and the public. Have a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch at Tiedekulma Cafe, and visit Tiedekulma Shop for a good selection of both Finnish and English books as well as University of Helsinki products.

Coworking Basement, situated in the Think Corner basement, is a relaxed and inspiring coworking space suitable for both group work and independent work. In addition, Think Corner offers multi-use spaces also on the other floors, whether you prefer working in café surroundings or more laid-back on a sofa.

All the working spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, except the bookable group work corner in the Coworking Basement. Our energetic hosts help with the facilities and can be contacted, among other things, for equipment and chargers to borrow.

Computer laboratories

The IT Centre offers work spaces with computers for all members of the University community on the City Centre, Kumpula and Viikki Campuses. These include large general facilities, classrooms and terminals for quick use. Most of the facilities are equipped with printers. More information about the work spaces can be found in Flamma (requires logging in).

More information about night access to computer laboratories and instructions for applying for a night access key are posted on the Helpdesk website.

Other on-campus facilities for independent study

When needed, you can also use most of the teaching facilities at the campuses for independent study when they are not booked for teaching or other activities. You can check the booking status of each room from the calendars available by the classroom doors. Ask the building porter to open the door for you. You can also ask the porter to find an available space for you.

At the City Centre Campus, Unicafe facilities at Topelia and Metsätalo (outside the restaurant’s opening hours) can also be used for independent study. You can also make use of suitable building lobbies.

At the Meilahti campus, the Biomedicum lobby and the Unicafe facilities at the Haartman Institute (outside the restaurant’s opening hours) can also be used for independent study.  

Please note that you might not be the only student using the facility. If needed, agree together on

When studying in the teaching facilities:

  • Please clean up after yourself and eat your snacks elsewhere.
  • If you leave your spot for a short period, leave a note indicating your time of departure. Make sure to check that there are no upcoming bookings in the space that will start while you’re gone.
  • If you leave for more than a half an hour, please take all your belongings with you.

The University is not responsible for any belongings left unattended in the facilities.